bricks_web-1By Randy Brown, E.D. Friends of Riverdale Park West, ( I’m sure everyone has noticed the renovated pathways in our park – the main pathways are now concrete.  This project didn’t just happen. It was started some eight years ago when the Art & Crafts which I founded 30 years ago, saw that the pathways were deteriorating.  Of course, for our show the pathways are crucial – some 20,000 people stroll along them over the three days of the sale.  So we donated $5,000 towards getting the paths fixed. We also approved the selling of engraved bricks for $100 & $150 to support the project.


The park supervisor for much of this was Mark Hawkins. He got our first pathway done, from Winchester and Sumach to the farm, plus a patio in front of the farm gates ringed by our bricks. And then he did the second pathway, from Carlton and Sumach to the center of the park. This is a huge credit to Mark and to Parks. 


Last fall the City decided to redo the wading pool and held a public meeting. The manager of the project said the path from the end of Carlton to the center of the park would be asphalt.  All of those present, including our Councillor Luicy Troisi, insisted on concrete and he conceded. Now the worst pathway in the park was fixed. But for budgetary reasons, the lower pathway had to be done cheaply so it was done in a type of gravel. 


All that remained was the pathway from the centre of the park up to Winchester and Sumach. Without anyone even asking them (to my amazement) the construction crew tore up the old pathway and poured new concrete This final touch was an act of pure generosity from Parks. 


Of course the main push came from all those hundreds of generous citizens who paid $100 or $150 for an engraved brick. The money raised kept this project alive every year, as Parks placed the bricks each fall.  Parks was reminded again and again that our community supported this pathway project. However, Parks did not take any money for this last task, and there is some $26,000 in the account ready for new heritage lighting such as in Allen Gardens.


WE STILL HAVE BRICKS – get a form from!

With cooperation from Parks, the generosity of the donors and the management of the Art & Crafts, we have made a permanent improvement to our community.


TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News


System is Failing Seniors

Contributed by David Morris - The COVID-19 Pandemic Revealed Our System is Failing Seniors, Ontario Liberals Have a Plan to Fix It The COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of every Ontarian. We … [Read More...]

PSN kwt copy

Dear residents and neighbours

Contributed by Kristyn Wong-Tam - It is with great humility that I am running in the upcoming election to represent you as your NDP Toronto Centre champion at Queen’s Park! As your local City … [Read More...]

MPP Job Description

Contributed by George Smitherman, MPP representing Toronto Centre – Rosedale, Toronto Centre in the 34th, 35th and 36th Parliament (1999-2010) Position: Member of the Ontario Legislature Employer: … [Read More...]


Provincial Election numbers?

Contributed by Pstreet News. The provincial election is fast upon us, and there is a great battle between the Liberals and the up and coming NDP. With Suze Morrison stepping aside for Kristyn … [Read More...]


Brigaldara Soave DOC

Contributed by Isabel Wai, Brand Associate, Rogers & Company In the 2000s, Stefano Cesari and his sons, Lamberto and Antonio, initiated a profound renewal at Brigaldara. Today, the estate covers … [Read More...]


Forsythia Festival Thanks

THANK YOU The organizers of the Forsythia Festival would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors for a long overdue and great day! Financial Donors Meridian Daniel et Daniel Catering & … [Read More...]


What Are We Planning for the Gardens

For the last two growing seasons we have not been able to be in the gardens with the children so we are excited to be planning in person programs for the children and after what felt like the longest … [Read More...]



Local residents and Real Estate agents Norman Hathaway and Anita Bostok of introduce us to local Cabbagetown Shop keepers is their ongoing series "Getting to Know you". Cabbagetown … [Read More...]


My brother, Tony Brady

Contributed by Joanna Brady Schmida - When I was approached by Peter Lovering recently about an addendum to the article he was planning to write for the Parliament Street News, I was delighted. For … [Read More...]


Hello Beautiful Readers!!

Here we go again, another year of the Parliament Street News. This is our first edition of the year and it was a long winter. But, what says spring better than the Forsythia Festival. After missing … [Read More...]



Winter Draws to a Close, Spring beckons, the sap is running! Contributed by The Cabbagetown BIA It’s been another long, cold winter, with the odd tease of balmy weather to come. Dire and traumatic … [Read More...]


Thoughts from Kyiv 

Contributed by Professor Mychailo Wynnyckyj in Kyiv. He and his family are in hiding, writing and fighting from a safe(r) house outside Kyiv - Yesterday’s bombing of the maternity hospital in Mariupol … [Read More...]


Walter Huston 1884 – 1950

Academy Award-winning Actor - Contributed by Walter Huston was born in Toronto where his father was a building contractor. He attended Wellesley, Ryerson and Lansdowne … [Read More...]